My trip to New York was the first time I had ventured on American soil and I had expectations for the people as well as the place. Several years earlier my dad had been on a business trip to Indiana and the way the people treated him there let me assume that that was the American way (seriously, people wanted to shake his hand just because he was English!).
Anyway, as with any city you are going to encounter lovely, delightful people and unfortunately you will experience less savoury characters. My brother cheerfully reminded me that New York, although a tourist destination, will always thrive as a city, tourists or no tourists where as places like Las Vegas rely on and cater to tourists and the little town in Indiana my dad had visited probably sees foreigners as a novelty. Valid points to consider when you are happily snapping photographs of the Empire State Building and a rather aggressive woman walks past you complaining about, and I quote, the "clicky-clicky bull ****!" :-O
Oh and lets not forget the delightful people at JFK, firstly the woman who snapped that I should be 'behind the line' when I simply enquired whether she was queueing. No need to bite my head off! And then the guy who checked my passport who did not seem to understand, despite me telling him several times, that I was here with my university. Quite a contrast to the man who checked my passport at the airport in Vegas who when taking my security photograph told me to give my best showgirl smile!
So just be aware that while it may be all 'have a nice day' on tv, its not necessarily like that in real life.
Have a nice day!
P.S. Before anyone complains, I'm not bashing New Yorkers, I met some very charming New Yorkers on my trip but in comparison to any other place I have visited to this day (apart from one grotty little amusement park in England which no longer exists) I met a fair few rude people.
Many foreigners don't know that most museums' entrance fee in NYC is actually a donation, and thus, voluntary and any amount at all will do. I met several newyorkers that payed $1 as a symbolic payment (anyway, they visit museums often than me). Beware, though, as there're some museums that have a strict entrance fee, like the Guggenheim, a little expensive on my opinion; I'm not an art fanatic, I like beauty but... didn't find much on that museum, maybe the building is worth the visit, anyway...
Most people visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and for good reason. It's marvelous. The suggested admission price is $10, but it's suggested. If you can afford that comfortably, great! Support the museum! However, if you are desperate to see the museum and want to give $5 or $7, you can do that too.
The Museum has an official web site at: www.metmuseum.org.
It's closed on Mondays, and is open at 9:30AM all other days. It's located at Central Park and 82nd Street (5th Avenue). Take the 4,5,or 6 train to 86th Street.
The Metropolitan Museum is huge and impressive. It would take ages to visit all of the exhibitions. It exhibits works from all the world and from almost any historical time. However, I would not suggest to visit it if you are in NY for a short visit, unless it is rainning. If you have seen the main museums in the Old World, you will be a bit disappointed.
New York cuenta con mas de 120 museos, entre ellos encontramos:
1) METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (Fifth Av. y Calle 82): el “Met” es uno de los museos más importantes del mundo. Tiene más de 250 salas, entre ellas: el Ala Americana, un tesoro glorioso de la arquitectura y artes decorativas de América; la colección Lehman, con obras de pintura primitiva italiana y del impresionismo; el ala Rockefeller dedicada al arte primitivo; las secciones de pintura europea del siglo XV al XX y el departamento de egiptología.
2) MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (W 53St. y Fifth Av): el “Moma” como se lo llama, guarda mas de 70000 obras de arta desde el año 1880 hasta nuestros días.
3) GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM (Fifth Av. y Calle 89): es notable por su arquitectura y por su contenido. Tiene colecciones de los siglos XIX y XX, con obras de Paul Klee, Kandinsky y Chagall. En el anexo se encuentran cuadros de Van Gogh, Gauguin, y Modigliani, así como también un grupo de pinturas de Picasso.
4) WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART (Madison y Calle 75): es lo mejor del arte americano del siglo XX.
5) FRICK COLLECTION (E 70 St. y Fifth Av): pinturas europeas clasicas.
6) AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (Central Park): una notable colección de minerales y piedras preciosas, y una gran colección antropológica dedicada a Asia y a los indios de América del Norte.